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The current make-up of the Commonwealth. The general principle of self-government. Some panic stations and sudden and often tragic "ad hoc" decisions that, for the speaker, is in part due to the fact that "quite a large number of people have lost the will to rule, … also because of certain illusions and great outside pressures." A review and discussion of each of those illusions: that Africa is united; the second illusion has been to take as their considered view what Nationalist leaders say publicly; the third great illusion is that democracy can be universally exported. A discussion of each. A detailed discussion of the situation in Rhodesia. Some outside pressures. The Commonwealth and an emphatic "No" in response to the question as to whether the Commonwealth should be "wound up gracefully before it breaks up in anger." The ideal of Commonwealth unity. Some conclusive remarks by Col. Royce in view of the Declaration of Independence by Southern Rhodesia